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YouTube Joins the Debate

Jeff Jarvis

YouTube has been tight-lipped about how it was going to participate in its join debate with CNN in late July. Now details are coming out: They're going to take questions we, the people, have put up on YouTube and present them to the candidates. It's Prezconference. Bravo. Reports Ad Age:

As CNN's Anderson Cooper put it to viewers, "I'm going to host it, but, basically, it is going to be your questions and your YouTube videos the candidates are going to have to sit through and watch. So make them creative."The Time Warner-owned network is expected to make an announcement this week about the format of the first Democratic National Committee-sanctioned debate, asking users to upload their questions to YouTube with the promise that several of them will be put to the candidates that evening.

The Poynter Institute sniffs that they are "less convinced the YouTube component will indeed bring the voice of the common man into the debates -- it's still likely to be the activists who upload their questions." Hell, just look at the people responding to YouTube's candidate Spotlight questions or the ones who have posted Prezconference questions. Political activists? I'd say they're real people, sometimes very real.

By washingtonpost.com Editors |  June 13, 2007; 10:02 AM ET YouTube
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